Indigenous Healings Arts and Herbal Medicine

As many as 80% of Africans rely on indigenous remedies because of thier relative afforabilty. Vaccine apartheid is only the latest illustration of global inequality in access to Western medicine. At the same time indigenous plants and herbs are being patented and extracted by Western companies with the means to do so, and few local people are provided with the resources to scale up and add value to indigenous health care systems that are often more holistic, offering cultural and cosmological approaches to well-being.T his session shall showcase African herbal medicine as pursued by the Kwame Oku Ampofo Foundation and Prometra, situating its significance within a Western medical system that is dominated by pharmaceutical corporations that garner huge profits, and remain unaffordable to most Africans.

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